Capitol Connection: May
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May 11, 2022

Act Now! Provide Your Comment on Changes to Davis-Bacon Regulations

The U.S Department of Labor (DOL) announced earlier in the year that it proposes to update the rules governing Davis-Bacon. This effort represents the first comprehensive review of Davis-Bacon in nearly 40 years. The 60-day comment period is fast approaching with a due date of Tuesday, May 17. Many of the proposed changes would adversely affect IEC’s merit shop contractors along with their electricians and apprentices while bolstering unions. Among the proposed changes included are:

Reinstituting the 30% rule for wage calculation.

  • Expanding “site of the work” to include pre-fab done offsite.
  • Eliminating separation between rural and urban areas in determining wage rates.
  • Expanding activities covered by Davis-Bacon. 

IEC will submit its own comprehensive comments by the deadline. IEC urges members to take action and provide DOL with their own comments by clicking here


Please note the following before submitting comments:

  • Comments were drafted from a first person, contractor’s point of view.
  • It's helpful to provide some personalization, though the system places on the number of characters. 
  • Unlike letters sent to Congress, any comments made will be available to the public.

IEC 2022 Virtual Hill Day

Citizen advocacy is an extremely important part of any association’s lobbying efforts. IEC urges chapters and members to reach out to congressional offices, if you haven’t already done so, to schedule calls to discuss the impact Project Labor Agreements and the JOBS Act would have on merit shop electrical contractors and thier workforces. For help, visit the Virtual Hill Day resource page.


IEC Comments on HELP Subcommittee Hearing on Broadband Workforce

A hearing before the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee was held on May 3 to discuss ways Congress could help support and develop the broadband workforce. IEC submitted a statement for the record in which it suggested how Congress could assist, which includes increased funding for apprenticeship, career and technical education, the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) and rejecting the Biden administration’s project labor agreement (PLA) mandate. A copy of the letter can be found here and you may view the hearing here.


Become an IEC Freedom Fund Sponsor Today!

Our industry is under attack more than ever in Washington, DC. Project labor agreements, pro-union appointees at the National Labor Relations Board, and changes to Davis-Bacon all threaten IEC’s contractor members. To continue to promote and protect the merit shop philosophy, IEC has rebranded its Political Education Fund as the IEC Freedom Fund. This fund is designed to give IEC more firepower in Washington to protect its merit shop electrical contractors.


The IEC Freedom Fund has already had great successes recently, having helped the IEC:

  • Defeat the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine-or-test mandate.
  • Produce educational resources to address union activity, like The Manager’s Practical Guide to Union Organizing.
  • Stop tax increases in the Build Back Better Act with pro-business advertisements in key battleground states.


Become a Freedom Fund Patriot Sponsor by donating online today!

2022 Freedom Fund Patriot Sponsors

Platinum Plus
IEC Atlanta/Georgia
CenTex IEC
Ace Electric, Inc. 
Correct Electric, Inc.
JSA Electric, Inc.
Williams Electric

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